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Anna strikes a number of seductive poses the latest issue of the online magazine Volup2. Velvet D’Amour, the magazine’s Editor, Creator, Art Director and Photographer, has bestowed the theme of “Grace” upon this latest issue.
Herself a former plus-size model, Anna shows that she still has that chameleon-like ability to work any number of different looks!
See the full issue of the latest Volup2 magazine here!
“Wedding season is fast approaching, and I know it’s a time that many plus size women dread. Finding clothes appropriate for formal occasions without resorting to florals is difficult – not everyone wants to wear massive blooms all Summer long, and for every nice floral there are twenty frumpy, old-fashioned ones… . If you prefer simple shapes, block colours and a touch of texture,” this is the go-to occasionwear dress for you.
They love the sizzling coral color, and suggest adding your own belt if you want to nip in the dress’s easy tunic shape.
This video is a great antidote to the controversial comments of Samantha Brick, the writer who recently caused a stir by claiming that any woman who wants to be happy needs to be on a constant diet. Brick also recently appeared on “This Morning,” sparring with positive body image campaigner Natasha Devon.
Check out this video interview with the Japanese artist, Konishi Shinji, who creates animal wigs/hats out of real hair. The video is part of the “Behind the Seams” series from Vice.com.
Every year, we kick ourselves for missing the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival yet again. The festival takes place each spring in the sun-drenched Mojave Desert near Los Angeles.
It seems that most of the Coachella photos out there are of glamorous celebrities (i.e. Kristen Stewart looking miserable– just for a change). But how refreshing to come across these snaps on the super stylish Madison Plus blog?! These curvy music and fashion fans rocked the cool festival styles with the best of ‘em. Move over, Alexa Chung!
We’ve long been fans of the blog Advanced Style, which showcases the fashion flair of the senior set around the the world.
Advanced Style was featured today in the BBC News Magazine. In the article, the blog’s creator, Seth Ari Cohen describes how he has always been inspired by older people for their wisdom, experience and strength.
Cohen’s friend and muse, the 93 year-old Ilona Royce Smithkin says, “[Y]ou have wonderful things in store when you get older. When I was younger I always worried how I looked, whether people liked me. Now I really like myself, and I’m using my creative side even more than a few years ago.” She holds up a long piece of stripy material. “I spotted an umbrella someone had left in the street, I liked the colour so I took it home and made it into this scarf.”
The blog’s creator, Seth Ari Cohen and director Lina Pliolplyte have been filming and interviewing women for over three years now. Cohen said that they’re currently in the editing and post-production phase and hope to enter the documentary in the 2013 film festival circuit.
Here’s a clip from the upcoming documentary. We can’t wait to see it!
We’ve long been a fan of the “Real Beauty” campaigns of Dove skin care products. The company saw a surge in popularity when it introduced its ads of women of all shapes and ages wearing nothing but white underwear and beautiful smiles.
Most recently, Dove has launched another self-esteem-based campaign called “Real Beauty Sketches,” which reveals that women are often their own harshest critics.
The video features FBI forensic sketch artist Gil Zamora demonstrating the disparity between how women describe themselves versus how others see them. Zamora does one sketch based on how a woman describes herself (“”I kind of have a fat, rounder face”, “I would say I have a pretty big forehead…”) and one based on how a complete stranger describes her (“She had blue eyes, very nice blue eyes”, “Cute nose…”). The different results are startling—the portraits created from women’s description of themselves are definitely less flattering than the ones created from others’ descriptions.
When they see the sketches, some of the participants become quite emotional. “I should be more grateful of my natural beauty,” one woman confesses. “It impacts the friends that we make, the jobs we apply for, how we treat our children. It impacts everything.”
With the message, “You are more beautiful than you think,” this latest campaign hopes to positively impact the negative way that women view themselves physically.
Canadian plus-size model Justine Legault will grace the cover of Elle Quebec’s May 2013 issue!
It’s always a plus when the high fashion magazines showcase a curvier model. We’re looking forward to seeing the spread!
Click here to see a sneak preview of the shoot and some behind-the-scenes footage.
Photographer Rankin has taken a break from his illustrious career of portraits of pop culture icons to pursue the publishing side of things. He has launched a fashion and lifestyle magazine called The Hunger, which includes this amazing photo of Crystal Renn (one of Anna’s fave models to have worked with).
We thought our croc from the Spring-Summer 2013 White Label photo shoot in Miami was impressive. But Crystal’s dino kind of puts it to shame!
The loose theme of the latest issue of The Hunger is the new female attitude of women like Crystal Renn and fellow model Coco Rochas, as well as actress Juno Temple and singer Rita Ora. “These women have control of their careers in a way I hadn’t seen before,” says Rankin. “They follow their instinct, do what they want creatively. … I think this has a lot to do with social media. Talking to fans and experiencing their direct support gives these women confidence in their voices. It’s the first generation which has always had access to the internet and so, ultimately, to knowledge. Not to wisdom, but definitely to knowledge. These people have grown up with worldwide communication, and their landscape is international.”
We celebrated Anna’s birthday last week in style with an in-office party complete with yummy jammy dodgers from Bee’s Bakery.
Move over cupcakes, these handmade jammy dodgers are sure to become the next superstars of the baked goods world. Far from your usual jammy dodgers, these are extra-large and filled with whipped butter cream and raspberry jam. It’s like the taste of your childhood captured in one delicious biscuit—minus the staleness and the boredom of another tea at an aged auntie’s house. And best of all, you can customise these jammy dodgers with the words of your choice!
Bee’s Bakery also makes gorgeous custom cakes for all occasions as well as a number of other sweet treats. The Evening Standard recently named Bee’s among its top 5 biscuit makers in London!
We suggest you visit the Bee’s Bakery website and get in line for your jammy dodgers today!